Last week against Florida State, Boston College lined up against the No. 3 rushing defense in the country with one healthy scholarship running back, Rolandan Finch.
Coach Frank Spaziani had to find another answer. Quickly. So he turned to backup quarterback Josh Bordner.
“In order to give us a contingency plan to move the ball -- necessity is the mother of invention, right? -- so Josh has been practicing with us and doing some things, and we like Josh as a prospect," Spaziani said. "But we were forced into having a contingency plan. Against Florida State, it’s 28-0 and we weren’t exactly moving the chains. So it was time to try something different, right? That’s where that stands.”
Starting quarterback Chase Rettig split time with Bordner in the 38-7 loss to the Noles, and Bordner ran seven times for 45 yards. Finch, who ran for an astounding 243 yards against Maryland the previous week, had two fumbles against FSU and was held to 59 yards on 28 carries. Through nine games this year, BC has had three different starting running backs, including Finch, Andre Williams and Montel Harris, who suffered a season-ending knee injury. Heading into Saturday’s home game against NC State, Spaziani said he expects the position to be much closer to full strength. Both Williams and Tahj Kimble missed the Florida State game with injuries.
“We think we’ll have two or three of them available, in what capacity we don’t know yet,” Spaziani said. “We’re expecting to have a better complement of running backs than we did last Thursday night.”